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“Some sacred rage warmes all my vaines”: The Aesthetics of Viscerality in Sixteenth-Century Satire
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2469-6431
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the early modern period, the experience of satire – of both reading and writing it – was commonly described in bodily terms. Elizabethan satire was no exception and a verse satirist like John Marston could have his persona declare that he “bristle[s] vp with plumes of pride” over critical responses. While theories of humors and passions provided early modern writers had a comprehensive vocabulary for describing the experience of art and literature in physiological terms, satire particularly stands out because the writing and reading of it was commonly referred to in terms of physical immoderation (aggressiveness, but also e.g. sexual pleasure). Stoicism in this regard presented a philosophical corrective to several Elizabethan satirists, but their relation to this tradition was ambivalent at best. What remains clear, and as this paper suggests, criticism of satire needs to be more attentive to the physiological dimension of early modern aesthetic experience. Thus, the paper contributes to how ”affect” and ”embodiment” can be contextualized from the point of view of early modern aesthetic practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keyword [en]
early modern satire, aesthetics, aesthetic experience, embodiment, Elizabethan poetry
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-68502DiVA: diva2:1153481
Conference
Aesthetic Experience in Early Modern Cultures (The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Stockholm)
Projects
Satir och maskulinitet i tidigmodern engelsk litteratur, 1590-1603
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-02616
Available from: 2017-10-30 Created: 2017-10-30 Last updated: 2017-11-13

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